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NEWS FROM STANFORD’S INITIATIVE ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

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Jan. 23: 'Made in China' Continues; Addresses Energy

Dec. 4 Program Kicks Off China Series"Made in China," a four-part lecture series sponsored by School of Earth Sciences and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford, explores the consequences of rapid modernization and burgeoning population growth in China. The first lecture took place Dec. 4; the remaining three will take at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium on Jan. 23, Feb. 13 and March 6. Free and open to the public.

http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2006/november29/china-112906.html

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Energy-Systems Prof Shares Best Teaching Practices

Dec. 4 Program Kicks Off China SeriesChris Edwards, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and the John Henry Samter University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, discussed techniques and philosophy during a Nov. 30 "Award-Winning Teachers on Teaching" talk. Edwards conducts research into advanced combustion and propulsion systems and teaches sophomores in E 30 (Engineering Thermodynamics), juniors and seniors in ME 140 (Advanced Thermal Systems) and graduate students in ME 370B (Energy Systems II).

http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2006/december6/edwards-120606.html

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Upcoming Events

'Oil and War' First Topic of Energy Seminar

Jan. 10, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., Building 260-113.

institute newsThe Energy Seminar, cross-listed as CEE301 and Energy 301: The Energy Seminar, will run Wednesdays, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., in Building 260-113. Students are eligible to take the Energy Seminar for credit multiple times.

Amos Nur, Stanford Department of Geophysics, will discuss "Oil and War: Oil Peak vs. Oil Panic," at the first seminar on Jan. 10.


Other topics in January:

  • Jan. 17, "Modeling World Natural Gas Markets and Trade." Hill Huntington, executive director, Stanford Energy Modeling Forum
  • Jan. 24, National Gas Companies and Russia. Nadejda Victor, Stanford Program on Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Jan. 31, Commonwealth of Massachusetts vs. EPA (the first climate change case before the US Supreme Court). Deborah Sivas, Stanford Law School

More info ...

Who Killed the Electric Car?

Jan. 16, 5:30 p.m., Cubberly Auditorium.

institute newsFilm showing of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and discussion by Sarah Lochlann Jain, Cultural and Social Anthropology Department, and David Kirsch, University of Maryland. We welcome also Chelsea Sexton, actor and star of the film. Snacks will be provided and t shirts to the first 100 people! Sponsored by the Program in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology; free and open to the public.


Environmental Forum Kicks Off Jan. 18 with Climate-Change Lecture

Jan 18, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Goldman Conference Room, 4th floor, Encina Hall West

Michael GreenstoneThe Woods Environmental Forum for Winter Quarter kicks off Thursday, Jan. 18, with a lecture by MIT's Michael Greenstone on, "Climate Change, Mortality, and Adaptation: Evidence from Annual Fluctuations in Weather in the U.S." The forum brings in six visiting scholars each quarter to address interdisciplinary environmental faculty and IPER students. Most presentations take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursdays in the Goldman Conference Room, 4th floor, Encina Hall West. Future forums will address California coastal issues (Feb. 8) and the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta (Feb. 15). Space is limited.

More info ...

   
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Other Environment-Related Programs

Jan 12

  • 12:00 (Noon)
    Hopkins Marine Station, Monterey Boatworks Lecture Hall, Pacific Grove
    "Destination Unknown: Explorations of Larval Dispersal"
    More info ...
  • 12:15 p.m.
    Terman Engineering Center, M-33
    "Mechanistic Studies on the Reduction of TCE by Cobalamin"

Jan 19

  • 12:00 (Noon)
    Hopkins Marine Station, Monterey Boatworks Lecture Hall, Pacific Grove
    "From Gliding Ants to Andean Hummingbirds: Evolution of Animal Flight Performance"
  • 12:15 p.m.
    Terman Engineering Center, M-33
    "The Challenges of Designing and Constructing the World's Largest Ozone Facility"

Jan 26

  • 12:00 (Noon)
    Hopkins Marine Station, Monterey Boatworks Lecture Hall, Pacific Grove
    "Ecological Effects of Dispersal and Gene Flow in an Intertidal Alga"
    More info ...
  • 12:15 p.m.
    Terman Engineering Center, M-33
    "Tesla Motors - Overview of Present, Future Electric Vehicle Technology & Capabilities"

Feb 2

  • 12:00 (Noon)
    Hopkins Marine Station, Monterey Boatworks Lecture Hall, Pacific Grove
    "Living in a Material World: The Ecomechanics of Mussels on Wave-Swept Shores"
  • 12:15 p.m.
    Terman Engineering Center, M-33
    "Past, Present and Future of Water Treatment Membrane Technology"
   
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Working Solutions e-News provides highlights of activities and events from Stanford's university-wide Initiative on the Environment & Sustainability. It is distributed the first week of each month during the school year. Submissions are due on the 15th of each month. For more information, please see woods.stanford.edu, or contact us at environment@stanford.edu